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Exercise #915

Exercise #915: Self Knowledge
Posted 10/15/21

My husband and I were out with friends at dinner (yay that we can do that again) and my husband was trying to do something with his phone (I can’t remember what) and not having any luck. I said, “Let me see it,” and he promptly handed me his phone. The two friends we were with had looks of horror on their faces. I pondered that for a few days . . . and finally realized they don’t have the kind of relationship that allows for the trust in handing your Significant Other your phone. It saddens me. And I think it’s probably much more common than my own relationship, where my husband and I are frequently dabbling in the others’ phone for some reason or another.

Today’s exercise is to think about your own relationship with your SO. Could you hand him or her your phone - containing your contacts, your recent texts, your browsing history - without any qualms? Why or why not? (If you don’t have a Significant Other, you can try imagining your friends in the same situation.)

Now, write! As always, you may show us a character tackling this exercise.

Critiquers, you might try answering these questions for critiquing the piece:
     * Did you catch any spelling errors or other standard proofreading items? If so, note them forthe author.
     * Could you relate to this piece? Why or why not?

Word limit: 1200
Please use the subject line:
             SUB: Exercise #915/yourname

Why this is a self-knowledge exercise: How much of your actual life you share with your mate varies between relationships. Viewing the one you’re in now may give you some insight.

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